Comfortable retirement: fact or fiction?

If you are currently a member of the workforce, chances are you have spent a little (or a lot of) time daydreaming about throwing off the shackles of the nine-to-five grind and revelling in the leisure of your golden years. But is the much-coveted comfortable retirement a real possibility? Or is it merely a pipe-dream?…
27 Jul 2021 7 mins read

Widows receiving more support, but more to be done to improve rights

A United Nations day of action, International Widows’ Day (23 June) aims to draw attention to the voices and experiences of widows around the world, as well as to encourage progress in the realisation and recognition of their rights. TheHomeGround Asia speaks to three women in Wicare Support Group, Singapore’s first and only charity that…
23 Jun 2021 14 mins read

Not-so-happily ever after: New MSF report points to steady rise in divorce rates

A longitudinal study on marital dissolution by the Ministry of Social and Family Development evinces a sharp spike in divorces and annulments here in recent years, particularly among newly-married couples. TheHomeGround Asia speaks to several stakeholders to understand the factors at play in this rise and to explore the potential steps to consider going forward.…
31 May 2021 8 mins read

Move over cotton and leather, biofabricated textiles are the future of fashion

Mushroom, kombucha and algae might sound like a list of ingredients for a health-conscious recipe, but these living organisms are the source of a new wave of sustainable biofabrics. From plant-based leather to lab-grown silk, TheHomeGround Asia explores a buffet of planet-friendly materials that looks set to revolutionise the fashion industry. Earth Month (April) may…
10 May 2021 8 mins read

Differently abled artists building an inclusive society

TheHomeGround Asia sits down with Ron Tan, deaf pianist and founder of the Inclusive Arts Movement, and differently abled dancer Reuben Khanal (and his mum Linda) to talk about what the arts means to them, what keeps them going in the face of adversity, and what we can do to foster a more inclusive society.…
27 Apr 2021 8 mins read

To register or not to register? When it comes to bikes, that is the question

In view of the recently rekindled debate over registering bicycles and licensing cyclists, TheHomeGround Asia weighs up the pros and cons of the potential scheme proposed by Singapore actor Tay Ping Hui and wife of Singapore Prime Minister, Ho Ching. Anyone familiar with social media will know that it only takes a single post to…
16 Apr 2021 8 mins read

Voiceless and vulnerable, elderly susceptible to abuse

With incidents of elder maltreatment spiking two-fold in recent years, TheHomeGround Asia speaks with two stakeholders to get to the root of the issue and find out what can be done to better protect senior citizens here.  A growing but largely invisible problem is on the rise in Singapore. According to figures released by the…
30 Mar 2021 6 mins read

Switching to walk-cycle-ride mode step in right direction

In line with Singapore’s car-lite vision, the Government has identified dozens of locations where roads could be repurposed for use by pedestrians, cyclists and buses. Singaporeans who spoke to TheHomeGround Asia have hailed the news as a welcome move. About 60 sites across the island have been earmarked for the conversion of roads into pedestrian…
18 Mar 2021 2 mins read
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